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Piedmont Heart Institute partners with Cleveland Clinic

Piedmont Heart Institute partners with Cleveland Clinic

ATLANTA -- Piedmont Heart Institute has formed an alliance with the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.

The partnership will allow both organizations to raise their standards of cardiovascular care by sharing clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities, according to a Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson.

"Teamwork is the next phase of American medicine. We're finding new ways to combine our strengths for better patient care," Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute chairman Dr. Lars Svensson said in a release. "This alliance will allow us to accelerate advancements in cardiac care."

Piedmont Heart operates 26 clinics across metro Atlanta. Visit piedmont.org for more information.

Ga. health rankings: Fayette County

Ga. health rankings: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Fayette is Georgia's 3rd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 3rd for quality of life, 4th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 1st for clinical care, 3rd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 158th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Fayette County:

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

Red Cross needs blood and platelet donations

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donations.

The recent rounds of winter weather that slammed much of the country forced the Red Cross to cancel more than 200 planned blood drives. It's the second shortfall this year; more than 26,400 donations went uncollected in early February, also thanks to weather.

"Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in," said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the Red Cross's Alabama and Central Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and Southern Blood Service Regions. "Donors who give now are just restocking our shelves; they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need."

Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation location and schedule an appointment.

The Red Cross has also planned a number of blood drives in Fayette County:

Piedmont Newnan Hospital to host caregiver workshop

NEWNAN, Ga. – Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Sixty Plus Services will host a workshop “Caregiving for Loved Ones With Dementia” on Wednesday, Mar. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will address the types and stages of dementia, community resources, financial and legal concerns, communication techniques and the role of medications in managing challenging behaviors.

“We know that caregivers can easily and quickly find themselves dealing with an enormous amount of stress. The goal of this workshop is to provide them with the right tools and resources to help ease the tremendous pressure they’re under, as well as those very common feelings of grief and isolation,” said Tori Sorrells, coordinator of Sixty Plus Services at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

5 things women need to know about heart disease

5 things women need to know about heart disease

SHARPSBURG, Ga. -- Dr. Andrew Darlington of Piedmont Heart in Sharpsburg offers this important list of five things women need to know about heart disease. As part of American Heart Month in February, Piedmont Heart is offering a $100 heart screening for women. For more details, visit piedmont.org/getscreened.

Significant progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease among women.  Despite these advances, challenges remain, particularly in general awareness among women.  Here are several key aspects of cardiovascular disease that all women should be familiar with today.

#1 Cardiovascular disease in women is common

Blood donation opportunities: Fayette County

Blood donation opportunities: Fayette County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Fayette County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Parkway, Fayetteville
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 23
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.